The Chicago Cubs will have to wait one more day for redemption after a disappointing Opening Night loss to the division rival St. Louis Cardinals after cold temperatures and a rainy forecast pushed Tuesday’s contest back to a still-undecided date.
The scheduled starters for Tuesday’s contest – Jake Arrieta for the Cubs and Lance Lynn for the Cardinals – will be pushed back to Wednesday’s series finale at Wrigley Field, squaring off with a series split on the line after the postponed contest.
Arrieta broke out in a big way last season for the Cubs – flirting with no-hitters on multiple occasions – en route to a team-leading 2.53 earned run average. In his career, he’s dominated St. Louis, pitching to a 0.92 ERA against the Redbirds in five starts, according to Baseball Reference.
Lynn, meanwhile, has been one of the most underrated starters in the National League in recent years. Over the course of the past three seasons, the right-hander has compiled a 48-27 mark for St. Louis to go along with a 3.48 ERA in 101 games.
The biggest storyline of Opening Night was the restrooms at the Friendly Confines – or the lack thereof. However, the team brought in 70-plus portable restrooms for the game on Tuesday – and all will be ready on Wednesday’s finale – hopefully eliminating the issues faced by hundreds of fans on Sunday.
The postponed game means Jason Hammel will start Saturday, Travis Wood will open the series in Colorado on Friday and sophomore right-hander Kyle Hendricks will take the ball on Sunday against the Rockies.
Ace Jon Lester will return to the mound back at home against the Cincinnati Reds after struggling on Sunday against the Cardinals.